Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$288 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online Two internship courses are required. You can complete all other courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
4 per year

Curriculum: B.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences – Online


This is 180-credit undergraduate program at the end of which you earn a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. In order to graduate, students must complete the following areas:

Kathryn Brenner, graduate with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. Play

Kathryn Brenner earned her bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences online with Oregon State while working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Discover why she picked the OSU program.

  • Baccalaureate core: 36 credits
  • Fisheries and wildlife sciences major:
    • Biology (for majors): 12 credits
    • Fisheries and wildlife: 50-55 credits
    • Math and physical sciences: 36 credits
  • Human dimensions core: 9-12 credits
  • Specialization area: at least 24 credits
  • Electives: as needed to meet the 180-credit minimum to graduate

At least 60 of your 180 credits must come from upper-division classes.

To view the fisheries and wildlife sciences major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official general catalog or the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife information page. For more details about the baccalaureate core, please visit our bacc core details page.

Want to know how the fisheries and wildlife sciences degree compares to the online degrees in environmental sciences or natural resources? Check out this degree comparison.

Transfer credits

Course credits in biological and physical sciences may be transferable to this degree.  Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Our advisors can help you determine which courses will meet program requirements. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU's single course search tool.

"This has been the most amazing experience of my life, truly. I learned so much and the best part is that it sticks, not only because I am passionate about wildlife and the outdoors, but because the professors are exceptional."

– Melanie Smith, Ecampus fisheries and wildlife sciences student, Foster City, Calif.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine fisheries and wildlife and a business, chemistry, environmental sciences or geography minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 



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